Being from Scotland an having spent most of my years in Aberdeen, I am constantly looking at London as a tourist and loving this wonderful city. As I saw once in a poster "A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else". This was certainly one of those weeks. From even something as simple as walking from London Bridge station along the South Bank to the Globe theatre and seeing this wonderful sight of the little appreciated Southwark Bridge with St Pauls peeking over the top, just perfect!
All of this and I hadn't even got to the Globe yet. Having lived in London for almost 11 years and loving the culture I was surprised to realise that I hadn't yet been to the iconic Globe theatre. I was certainly not disappointed! With some of my flamenco amigos we had tickets to see the wonderful singer Rocio Marquez in the Sam Wanamaker playhouse in the theatre. Wow! Just magical. We were spirited back to a pena in Seville - it felt so intimate and emotional. The picture below was a sneaked shot before the woman herself came onstage. No pictures would quite capture the feeling. More flamenco at the Globe please!
Continuing on the cultural theme, a visit to the wonderfully intimate Heike Moras gallery where I often do small events. Heike was not only hosting the exhibition by Marie Jacotey, but a talk by leading writers and curators called "Likes and Follows" which discussed how technology was changing the way art is distributed. Very thought provoking and prompted a lively discussion.
Lots of culture again this week, but the highlight was undoubtedly seeing a young girl I have been teaching to swim taking her first strokes unaided in the water. I volunteer as a swim coach at Greenhouse Sports, a fantastic charity which promotes inclusive sports. Every Saturday afternoon for 2 hours I am literally immersed in this pursuit which is so rewarding. Last weekend, a lovely young girl whom I had been working with for months, but who never quite had the confidence to 'let go' finally swam halfway across the pool to my delight!
Another female at the other end of the sports spectrum is also doing really well this week....go Dame Kelly, who is now into the final of Mission Survive!
Denise Yeats is an events professional with over 18 years of creating inspiring events ranging from arts events at Tate to Tower Running races. She set herself a personal challenge over two years called 'The Secret Life' which involved doing a new pursuit every week which is chosen at random by an allocated colour and number. This has led onto the creation of 'nnoodl - discovering your secret london life' where people are led on surprise activities...